Paris 2024 announced Tuesday an official supplier arrangement with Société du Grand Paris (SGP), a public institution established by the State to fund and oversee the development of a subway transport system that is expected to be the largest infrastructure project in Europe. The Grand Paris Express will serve the Grand Paris region and eventually the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, should the French bid get elected to host the Games next year.
The Paris bid committee hopes to leverage SGP’s expertise in transportation planning and development “to help shape the Paris 2024 bid and optimize the visitor experience during the Games,” a bid statement explained.
Paris 2024 Co-Chair Bernard Lapasset said “the expertise of SGP in transportation planning and development will help to shape our thinking towards spectator experience and strengthen the social mobility legacy of our project – ensuring Parisians benefit from the new infrastructure long after the Games have ended.”
During the final bid phase leading up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) election September 2017 in Lima, SGP has agreed to provide “Opening Fabrique du Métro,” described as “an innovation centre that will showcase and explain the Grand Paris Express in Saint-Ouen near the proposed Olympic and Paralympic Village.” SGP will also construct a digital 3D model of the Paris 2024 venue plan.
The Grand Paris Express will serve 68 stations and include 200 km of rail along four new metro lines and the extension of two existing lines in Paris. It is expected to be a catalyst for housing development in the region. Most of the project is scheduled to be delivered ahead of 2024 providing additional transport infrastructure for the Games if they are staged in Paris.
The bid committee has also revealed that further announcements are upcoming regarding its partnership program, including additions to it’s existing 12 partners that have already collectively provided about 25 million euros in funding to the bid.
Paris is competing with Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome in a battle to host the Olympic Games in 2024.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.